Asking Alexandria, Trivium,
Cannibal Corpse, Body Count Featuring Ice T
Suicide Silence, Emmure, Miss May I, Mushroomhead
and Many, Many More!
Tickets Go on Sale Friday April 4, 2014 at 10:00AM
The Festival Features the Most National Bands Ever Presented with Four Full Stages and 20 Bands
Watch the Exclusive Lineup Announcement Trailer via Rolling Stone:
The world’s biggest heavy music touring festival, the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL in its seventh annual sojourn, is pleased to announce the official 2014 artist line-up with the boldest, largest, loudest and most diverse lineup to date! Not only will this year’s festival include the massive ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE and COLDCOCK AMERICAN HERBAL WHISKEY STAGE, but will also present two additional stages- the SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY STAGE, and the VICTORY RECORDS STAGE.
The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINKMAIN STAGEwill boast a collection of some of the biggest bands in heavy music-including multi-platinum headliners Avenged Sevenfold, as well as Korn, Asking Alexandria and Trivium. The COLDCOCK AMERICAN HERBAL WHISKEY STAGE will feature headliner Cannibal Corpse as well as Suicide Silence (featuring new singer Eddie Hermida), Miss May I, Mushroomhead, Texas Hippie Coalition and King 810. THE SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY STAGE will feature headliner Body Count featuring Ice-T as well as Upon A Burning Body, Veil of Maya, Darkest Hour and the local Headbang For The Highway winner. The VICTORY RECORDS STAGE will feature headliner and Revolver Magazine cover band Emmure as well as Ill Nino, Wretched, Islander, and Erimha.
“We are very excited that in the seventh year of the festival we can bring our biggest lineup ever to heavy music fans across North America. With such a diverse lineup of great bands and festival attractions, 2014 will give fans an awesome day of Metal and Mayhem.” – John Reese and Kevin Lyman, Festival Producers
Check out a special lineup announcement trailer exclusively via RollingStone.com here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/mayhem-fest-2014-avenged-sevenfold-korn-to-headline-20140331
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE:
COLDCOCK AMERICAN HERBAL WHISKEY STAGE:
Miss May I
Texas Hippie Coalition
THE SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY STAGE:
Body Count featuring Ice-T
Upon A Burning Body*
Veil of Maya*
Headbang Local Winner
THE VICTORY RECORDS STAGE:
*bands rotating slots
Tickets for the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL go on sale on April 4th at 10:00AM local time. This year’s odyssey will include four stages of heavy music and 20 bands. Also, look for Freestyle Motocross legend Jimmy Fitzpatrick and his FITZ ARMY of riders and a Motorsports exhibition area featuring Unknown Industries Harley Davidson Freestyle Riders, as well as many other surprises and attractions throughout the festival midway.
The festival will kick off on July 5th at San Manuel Amphitheatre in San Bernardino, CA and will hit a total of 26 cities, ending at The Woodlands, TX (Houston) at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on August 10th.
2014 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL:
7/5 – CA – San Bernardino – San Manuel Amphitheatre
7/6 – CA – Mountain View (San Francisco) – Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/8 – WA – Auburn (Seattle) – White River Amphitheatre
7/9 – ID – Boise – Idaho Center Amphitheatre
7/11 – AZ – Phoenix – Ak-Chin Pavilion
7/12 – NM – Albuquerque – Isleta Amphitheater
7/14 – CO – Denver – Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Main Stage Only + Body Count feat. Ice-T)
7/16 – MO – St. Louis – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/17 – MI – Detroit – DTE Energy Music Theater
7/18 – WI – Milwaukee – Eagles Ballroom (Rockstar Energy Drink TASTE OF MAYHEM)
7/19 – IN – Indianapolis – Kilpsch Music Center
7/20 – IL – Chicago – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/22 – MA – Mansfield (Boston) – Xfinity Center
7/23 – NY – Saratoga – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/25 – ON – Toronto (Canada) – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/26 – PA – Burgettstown (Pittsburgh) – First Niagara Pavilion
7/27 – CT – Hartford – Xfinity Theatre
7/29 – NY – Darien Center – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/30 – NY – Wantagh – Nikon Theatre At Jones Beach (Main Stage Only)
8/1 – NJ – Camden (Philadelphia, PA) – Susquehanna Bank Center
8/2 – PA – Scranton -The Pavilion At Montage Mountain
8/3 – VA – Bristow (Washington, DC) – Jiffy Lube Live
8/5 – GA – Atlanta – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
8/7 – OK – Oklahoma City – OKC Air Park
8/9 – TX – Dallas – Gexa Energy Pavilion
8/10 – TX – The Woodlands (Houston) – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (Main Stage and Second Stage Only + Body Count feat. Ice-T and Emmure, no King 810)
* Lineups in each city may vary. Go to www.rockstarmayhemfest.com for full lineup details.
About Avenged Sevenfold:
Avenged Sevenfold achieved worldwide success with a string of best-selling albums – including two consecutive No 1’s on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart, Nightmare (2010) and their latest Hail To The King (2013) – achieving Diamond, Platinum and Gold awards for album sales in nearly a dozen countries. The band, which hails from Huntington Beach, CA, have become known for their spectacular live shows, routinely selling out arenas worldwide and headlining some of the biggest and most prestigious music festivals. This summer they are scheduled to perform five shows at the Soundwave Festival in Australia, as well as Rock Im Park and Rock Am Ring in Germany, the PinkPop Festival in Holland, Donington Park in the U.K., and two nights at Summersonic in Japan, along with several others. In November 2012, they made an unprecedented appearance as characters in Call of Duty Black Ops 2 – the biggest-selling video game of all time, which featured the band’s performance of “Carry On,” written specifically for the game.
About Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival:
The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival is the World’s Premier Heavy Music Touring Festival. The Festival is entering its seventh year in 2014 and has performed more than 160 Shows throughout North America to over 1.7 Million fans. The festival was founded by John Reese and Kevin Lyman and is booked by Darryl Eaton at Creative Artists Agency. Rockstar Energy Drink is the title sponsor and has maintained that role since the festival’s inception.
About Rockstar Energy Drink:
Rockstar Energy Drink is designed for those who lead active lifestyles – from Athletes to Rockstars. Available in over 20 flavors at convenience and grocery outlets in over 30 countries, Rockstar supports the Rockstar lifestyle across the globe through Action Sports, Motor Sports, and Live Music. For more information visit: www.RockstarEnergy.com
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Based on the number of concert announcements that were made over the last couple of weeks, you can tell that summer is right around the corner. Sure, here in the Northeast, we’re due to get one last round of snowfall before winter finally retreats for another year, but the scent of summer is still close. Hearing that bands like Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Kiss, and Motley Crue are gearing up for their summer tours makes me feel all warm inside. I’m giddy with the anticipation of a hot summer night and my favorite bands. This summer is shaping up to be a great one for concerts, as some exceptional bands are teaming up for double bills across the country. The only problem with all of these great shows is that no one can attend them all…unless they win the lottery.
I checked out some ticket prices for the upcoming shows this summer and I was shocked by what I saw. I mean, I get that a ticket isn’t going to cost $30, $40, or even $50 anymore, but some prices were astounding. Take Kiss with Def Leppard for instance. Here are two aging bands that have cashed in on their fans multiple times over, limping into retirement, and barely put on the live show that they did years ago. The asking price to sit in an actual seat at one of the outdoor venues this summer is $200. I find that ridiculous if not insulting. $200? And the lawn wasn’t much of a better deal at $50. Yes, it’s cheaper, but there’s a lot lacking on the lawn, not to mention a lot of drunks bumping into you and possibly vomiting where you need to walk. Yes, I love my hard partying, metal buddies.
Nine Inch Nails with Soundgarden isn’t a cheap show either. They are looking to get $100 for a seat and $40 for the lawn. Boston wants $100 and $70. Chicago with REO Speedwagon was looking for $125 but their lawn seats were a bargain at $20. And then there was the band that had me throw my hands up in despair. Journey is going on tour with the Steve Miller Band and they are expecting fans to shell out $225 for an actual seat. I have a feeling those shows will not be selling out.
Sure, you can call me a crusty old fan, a hostile curmudgeon, or someone stuck in a time warp, but I still believe that when tickets get over $100 for a seat, it’s ridiculous. The median income for a full time worker in America is $19 per hour. To see Kiss and sit in an actual seat, that fan would need to work more than 12 hours (don’t forget to subtract taxes taken out) to pay for that concert. Almost two days of work to see 3 hours of entertainment and the same tired set list. If any of these bands are wondering why their shows aren’t selling, they need only to look at their ticket prices. Face reality, gang. You’re performances are not worth the price you are charging. But what’s a head banging fan to do? He wants to see his favorite bands. She wants to have a rocking good time this summer.
Unfortunately, fans are forced to pick and choose which shows they can see. Using the above examples, I have to choose between Kiss and Def Leppard or Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden. Pick either my favorite band in all the land versus a band that I have never seen live (Soundgarden) but have always wanted to. It sucks that I have to choose at all, but unfortunately, like most hard working Americans, I am on a budget. And yes, I am making that choice for lawn seats. There’s no way I can afford the real seats.
What happened to the good old days of affordable tickets? In the 90s, I could see up to 12 shows a summer and spend less than the cost of 2 shows these days. It’s a shame the way bands just continue to rake their fans over the coals. And then they wonder why those same fans are stealing their music online. I mean, at the price they are asking for tickets, Def Leppard and Kiss could at least throw in their latest live and greatest hits albums respectively. Sweeten the deal, somehow!
In the end, I suppose it’s inevitable. If fans continue to pay the asking price, bands will continue to charge high. I know that no one is going to boycott a concert in protest of the ticket prices, but I still feel that most of these shows will not sell out. And maybe when these artists perform to a half empty house, they’ll get the message. Or maybe they’ll just count their money and move on.
What about you? Are you fed up with ticket prices? Have you had to cut out shows that you really want to see due to the high price of attendance? Drop a line in the comments and let us know.
SEVENDUST has announced the second leg of their “An Evening With Sevendust” acoustic U.S. tour, which kicks off April 1 in Athens, GA at the Georgia Theatre. They’re hitting the road to promote their long-awaited and highly-anticipated acoustic album, TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES, which will be released April 15 on 7Bros. Records, in conjunction with ADA Label Services.
GUITAR LEGEND NEAL SCHÖN TEAMS UP WITH MARCO
MENDOZA AND DEEN CASTRONOVO FOR SMOKING NEW
FUSION AND BLUES-INSPIRED HARD ROCK ALBUM
Guitar legend Neal Schön has joined forces with bassist Marco Mendoza (Black Star Riders, Ted Nugent, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) and drummer Deen Castronovo (Journey, Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Vai, Hardline) to create a unique body of work with jazz and blues-inspired virtuosic hard rock playing, entitled SO U. The new album features Schön, Mendoza and Castronovo splitting vocal and writing duties, with many of the tracks also co-written by Night Ranger/Damn Yankee’s songwriter, singer and bassist Jack Blades. Of SO U, Neal Schön commented, “This is a great new record that features all three of us – Deen, Marco and myself – sharing lead vocals. Enjoy!”
Best known as founding member and lead guitarist of Journey, Neal Schönhas enjoyed a remarkable career as one of rock n’ roll’s top virtuosos, with a hand in creating some of the most popular songs of all time. Beginning his career more than 35 years ago in the San Francisco Bay area, the 15-year-old guitar prodigy left home to join Santana. Schönmoved on in 1973 to form Journey. With Journey and other projects, he has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 platinum and gold albums, was awarded the prestigious “Legend Of Live Award” at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005 and was individually inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame in 2013. As the only member to record on all of Journey’s albums, Schöncontinues with the band today in its latest incarnation.
In addition to 6 solo albums and 14 studio albums with Journey, Neal Schön has also performed with Joe Cocker, Sammy Hagar, Paul Rodgers, Larry Graham, Betty Davis, Michael Bolton, fusion legend Jan Hammer, Hardline and supergroup Bad English, as well as a variety of side projects. His latest instrumental solo album, THE CALLING, released in 2012 via Frontiers Records, won rave reviews from fans and the media alike, with Vintage Guitar declaring “THE CALLING is a fine piece of work demonstrating that Schönstill has it going on – and then some…The songs are strong and his guitar tones are absolutely luxurious.” In demand as one of the leading guitarists of his generation, Schönalso worked with Gibson to manufacture his own limited edition “Neal SchönSignature Model Custom Les Paul” guitar, but now uses custom PRS Neal Schon LTD Private Stock guitars, made especially for Neal by Paul Reed Smith.
SO U track listing:
1. Take A Ride
2. So U
4. What You Want
5. Love Finds A Way
6. On My Way
9. Big Ocean
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Soundgarden & Nine Inch Nails will be touring together this summer. Pre-sale tickets will be available Monday beginning at 12 PM local time using the password ‘MYWAVE’. Tickets for the tour will go on sale to the public Friday, March 21.
SG/NIN Tour Dates
* – Death Grips Supporting
One will pour some sugar on you, the other will lick it up.
Kiss and Def Leppard will team up this summer for a 42-city North American tour that will “deliver good news and excitement,” says Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley.
The tour begins June 23 in West Valley City, Utah, and wraps up Aug. 31 in Woodlands, Texas. Tickets go on sale starting Friday.
The groups announced the tour Monday at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.The press conference was streamed live via the Live Nation website.
Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott says he and Gene Simmons first discussed the idea of the two bands touring together when he and the Kiss bassist played some South American dates two years ago as part of a rock-and-roll all-stars tour. “It’s finally happened, which is fantastic,” Elliott says.
It’ll be the first time the two bands have shared a bill, though Stanley says, “We’ve run into each other at festivals. It just seemed to be a natural fit.” Stanley also noted that one of guitarist Phil Collen’s pre-Def Leppard bands, Girl, opened for Kiss in the U.K. during the early ’80s.
Kiss did a similar co-headlining tour with Motley Crue in 2012.
Kiss released its first album, Hotter Than Hell, 40 years ago, and the band will commemorate the anniversary with a slew of archival releases, including a 34-LP vinyl box set and a two-CD compilation called Kiss 40. The group will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame April 10.
Def Leppard has been writing music for the group’s next album. “We all camped out at my house last month and wrote songs, which you will hear none of this summer,” Elliott says. Collen says he expects that album to come out in 2015.
Simmons says a dollar from each ticket sold on the tour will go to to the Wounded Warrior Project and other military non-profits. Those charitable partners include the USO, Hire a Hero, Project Resiliency/The Raven Drum Foundatio, and The Augusta Warrior Project. “Politicians fart through their mouth,” Simmons says. “Only the military makes freedom possible.”
Stanley adds that the group also plans to hire vets for its crew. “We try to find a couple of vets who want to go out and be part of the team,” he says. “This is a chance for somebody to travel and be part of the Kiss Army.”
Elliot says he doesn’t see any rivalry developing between the groups while they’re on tour. “It’s two great bands that are going to be playing for the same amount of time,” he says. “It’s joint forces. I don’t see it as competitive at all.”
Tour dates follow:
23 – USANA Amphitheater, West Valley City, Utah
25 – Pepsi Center, Denver, Colo.
27 – Sleep Country Amphitheater, Ridgefield, Wash.
29 – White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, Wash.
2 – Concord Pavilion, Concord, Calif.
3 – Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Wheatland, Calif.
5 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Irvine, Calif.
6 – Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, Calif.
8 – The Forum, Los Angeles, Calif.
9 – Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix, Ariz.
12 – Austin360 Amphitheater, Austin, Texas (on sale March 22)
13 – Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, Texas
15 – Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
16 – Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.
18 – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, Ga. (on sale March 22)
19 – PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, N.C.
20 – Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, Raleigh, N.C.
22 – Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Fla.
23 – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, Fla.
25 – Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va.
26 – PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, N.J. (on sale March 22)
1 – Xfinity Center, Mansfield, Mass.
2 – Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, N.J.
3 – Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, N.J.
5 – Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (on sale March 22)
6 – Nikon At Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, N.Y. (on sale March 22)
8 – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, Va. (on sale March 22)
9 – Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton, Penn.
10 – Xfinity Theatre, Hartford, Conn.
12 – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, On.
13 – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien, N.Y. (on sale March 22)
15 – Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wisc.
16 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Ill.
17 – Target Center, Minneapolis, Minn.
20 – Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa
22 – Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, Ind.
23 – DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, Mich. (on sale March 22)
24 – First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, Penn. (on sale March 22)
26 – Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
28 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Maryland Heights, Mo. (on sale March 22)
29 – BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla.
31 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Woodlands, Texas
Courtesy of USA Today.com
Admittedly, I was nervous when I heard that the new Against Me! record was a concept album about a transgender prostitute with themes of gender dysphoria. Being a fan of the band, I felt that this was their first album I would not relate to. I don’t know anything about the transgender community and I couldn’t see how I would understand someone going through these types of changes in life. Add to that a new producer, a new bass player, and a new drummer, and I felt that it was a recipe for disaster. Yet, after hearing “Fuckmylife666” and “Talking Transgender Dysphoria Blues” on the internet, I knew that this was an album I had to own. Buying Transgender Dysphoria Blues was one of the best decisions I’ve made this year.
Transgender Dysphoria Blues opens with the fantastic “Talking Transgender Dysphoria Blues,” a hard rocking song that immediately opens the eyes of people, like myself, who know little or nothing of what it is like to go through a change of life at that magnitude. The opening drum beats immediately suck the listener in, the blitzing guitar chords hook them, and once Laura Jane Grace starts singing, it is clear that this could be the best Against Me! song ever recorded. Grace sings about the pain of coming out transgender, the desire to just be accepted for who you are, and the pain of being judged everywhere you turn. I immediately realized that my ignorant thoughts of not being able to relate to this album were wrong. While I don’t know the pain of coming out transgender, I do know the pain of not being accepted for who you are and the pain of desire related to wanting to belong. Needless to say, “Talking Transgender Dysphoria Blues” received several plays before I even made it to track number two.
The record takes off from there delivering fine music from start to finish. New drummer Atom Willard makes his presence known immediately, and Laura Jane Grace’s voice is in fine form throughout the album. And even though the band changed the entire rhythm section (drummer Jay Weinberg and bassist Andrew Seward left between albums), both new drummer Atom Willard and new bass guitarist Inge Johansson are able to keep exceptional time and create tight pockets for Grace and guitarist James Bowman to perform over. While these four bandmates have only been together a short time, the results sound as if they have performed with one another for their entire career.
Transgender Dysphoria Blues contains a lot of fast, powerful, hard rocking, punk songs that deliver just the right amount of emotion at exactly the right time. Songs like “Unconditional Love” and “Black Me Out” are bound to go down as Against Me! classics and will be fan favorites in no time. On this album, the band never strays from what they do best, which is making short, blitzkrieg, hard rock songs.
If you like your hard rock mixed with punk and thrash, in addition to an us against the world mentality, you will love Transgender Dysphoria Blues. While not the best Against Me! album ever recorded, it comes very close. If you’ve never listened to Against Me! before, this is a great album to discover the band.
- Talking Transgender Dysphoria Blues
- True Trans Soul Rebel
- Unconditional Love
- Drinking With The Jocks
- Osama Bin Laden As The Crucified Christ
- Dead Friend
- Two Coffins
- Paralytic States
- Black Me Out
Against Me! Is:
Laura Jane Grace – Vocals, Guitar
James Bowman – Guitar
Atom Willard – Drums
Inge Johansson – Bass
Reviewed by Ryo Vie
On November 2011, the band’s 1st album “Back to Basics…” was released by Modal Records. The songs “Dove” and “The River” have already reached hit single status in Greece hence included in the daily playlist of major radio stations, such as RED FM, Rock FM, 1055Rock, and TV channels across Greece and Cyprus such as MTV and MAD Channel.
The band released their 2nd album “THE TRUTH” (Records On Top), which is yet their best commercial effort with singles such as “Not my war” and “Truth” becoming very quick favorite rock singles both in Greece and Cyprus.
The band has given more than 150 shows around Greece and Cyprus between 2012-2013 as part of their Summer and Winter tours.
The band has also shared the stage with THIN LIZZY, THE GODFATHERS.
Twelve months after their last album release titled “Truth” and after having covered the entire year performing live, Beggar’s Blues Diary release their new, third album “Desperate Rock ‘n’ Roll” via Records On Top Records, produced by Alexandros Chrysidis, recorded at Sierra Studios.
“Desperate Rock ‘n’ Roll” contains eleven new songs and will be initially released on March 10th, 2014 as a digipack and in a limited 300 autographed copies to be sold exclusively through Beggar’s Blues Diary’s tour commencing March 14th. Following that, “Desperate Rock ‘n’ Roll” will be released as a Vinyl/CD combo on March 31st, 2014.
1. Gotta Mova
3. The Motorchrist
4. These Days
5. Jesse James
6. Renegade Son
7. That Road
9. Downtown Train
10. Gun In My Hand
11. Desperate Rock ‘n’ Roll
Beggar’s Blues Diary:
Yannis Passas – Guitars/Vocals
Chili – Bass Guitar
Angelos Tanis – Drums
All songs composed by Yannis Passas and
performed by Beggar’s Blues Diary
Recorded and mixed at Sierra Studios,
produced by Alexandros Chrysidis
Records On Top, 2014.
Check out Beggar’s Blues Diary video clip “Lunatic” and Lyric Video for “That Road” below!
It could have been so simple. It could have been a wonderful celebration of past, present, and future. It could have been the greatest moment in KISStory. Instead, it will now be a footnote to the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction/performance ceremony. Instead of performing in front of a hometown, New York City fan base, KISS will not be performing at all.
The band announced their decision on their official website (www.kissonline.com) after separate comments were made by founding members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. Ace fired the first shot on Eddie Trunk’s radio show, by saying that he and Peter had been denied the opportunity to perform at the Hall of Fame ceremony. Ace stated that Gene and Paul wanted their current lineup with Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer to perform instead. Peter Criss released his own statement stating: “… I want to make sure that fans understand that no original performance, in or out of makeup, has been offered to us…”
Gene and Paul immediately responded via the Kiss website, stating that they wanted to celebrate “the entire history of KISS and give credit to all members including present long time members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.” They went on to further state that they had never refused to play with Ace and Peter. Since the moment the band was announced as inductees, Gene Simmons has been in support of playing with Ace and Peter, at least for one or two songs.
It was speculated that Ace and Peter would play with Tommy and Eric either all together onstage, or that Ace and Peter would play a couple of songs as just the original lineup. Ace had stated that he didn’t want to perform alongside someone wearing his makeup, only fueling the fire that it may be Ace and Peter blocking the fans chances to see the original lineup one last time. And make no mistake about it— this would be the last time that the four of them would perform together.
Whether it’s Ace and Peter refusing to get onstage with Eric and Tommy, or if it is Gene and Paul trying to dictate what the band does, it is only the fans who get hurt in the end. This rock and roll induction performance had the potential to be the biggest moment in the history of KISS. It would have blown away the MTV unplugged performance where 6 members of the band (including Ace and Peter) all took the stage together. And if Gene and Paul were being true to their word and were going to celebrate the entire history of Kiss, then they should have asked Vinnie Vincent and Bruce Kulick to join in and paid tribute to Mark St. John and Eric Carr. Heck, Tommy could have been the Egyptian Ankh for one night and Eric Singer could have been the Fox. That would have been incredible! And the band could have then taken off the makeup and performed a set with Bruce and Eric featuring the 90s material (and maybe even perform a track from Carnival Of Souls).
This ceremony could have been a lifelong Kiss fan’s dream. It would have been absolutely amazing. Instead, it will be nothing. And I don’t know if there is anyone specifically to blame. It wouldn’t surprise me if Ace and/or Peter said that if anyone other than the original four performed they won’t do it. It wouldn’t surprise me if Gene said “It’s my way, or the highway.” When it comes to the original four members, there is nothing that can shock me anymore. Yet, it is a disappointment. It could have been one magical night, and now Ace and Peter aren’t even sure if they will attend the ceremony. And that is the largest disappointment of all.
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A ‘Hidden Treasure’ Recorded Live at The Ritz in Manchester During SAXON’s ‘Sacrifice World Tour’
Each year, British heavy metal legends SAXON honor a fine tradition of paying homage to England’s patron Saint George by putting on a spectacular annual show on St. George’s Day (April 23rd). The band’s new live album, St. George’s Day Sacrifice – Live in Manchester, was recorded at last year’s performance on that special day, specifically at The Ritz in Manchester, England during the band’s ‘Sacrifice World Tour’. The album, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap and produced by SAXON vocalist Biff Byford, hits stores in the U.S. on April 29, 2014 via UDR Music.
This 2 CD set (also available in digital format) finds a blistering performance covering a collection of SAXON’s finest work from 1979 up to 2013. A very special rendition of ‘Broken Heroes’ goes straight to the heart and is dedicated to The British Armed Forces. This is SAXON at their best – a real treasure rejoicing every fan.
St. George’s Day Sacrifice – Live in Manchester tracklisting:
CD 1 – running time 61:05 minutes
02 Wheels Of Terror
03 Power And The Glory
04 Made In Belfast
05 Rock’n Roll Gypsy
06 And The Bands Played On
07 I’ve Got To Rock (To Stay Alive)
08 Night Of The Wolf
10 Broken Heroes
11 Guardians of The Tomb
CD 2 – running time 59:08 minutes
01 Never Surrender
02 Ride Like The Wind
04 Stand Up And Fight
05 Dallas I PM
06 747 (Strangers In The Night)
07 Wheels Of Steel
08 Strong Arm Of The Law
09 Denim And Leather
10 Princess of The Night
SAXON’s most recent studio album, Unplugged and Strung Up, debuted at #52 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, as well as #89 on the Top Rock chart in its first week of release! Unplugged and Strung Up is an amazing full-length release of fresh twists on classic tracks. Featuring staple SAXON stormers such as ‘Motorcycle Man’, ‘Strong Arm of the Law’ and ‘Dallas 1pm’, it is a quintessential part of any collection. Recorded, mixed and mastered with Andy Sneap in Derbyshire, UK last year, Biff and co. re-evaluated, re-worked and re-energized the towering likes of ‘The Eagle Has Landed’ and ‘Crusader’ by introducing orchestral dynamics to offer added dimension. ‘Frozen Rainbow’ from the band’s 1979 debut, gets a stunning acoustic reprisal which transports it into a power ballad to be proud of, whilst ‘Red Star Falling’ soars and sweeps the emotions with its orchestrally-arranged dovetail. Buy your copy today – available in digipack version – here via Amazon.
For more information on both releases, please visit www.saxon747.com and www.udr-music.com.
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Mix Master Mike Will DJ In Memory Of DJ AM
Performance By Osbourne With Special Guest Slash On Guitar
The 10th anniversary MusiCares MAP Fund® benefit concert will honor Black Sabbath’s GRAMMY®-winning singer/songwriter Ozzy Osbourne, and owner/CEO of the Village studios Jeff Greenberg. Taking place at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on May 12, Osbourne will be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund. He is being recognized for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction recovery process. Greenberg will be the recipient of MusiCares®‘ From the Heart Award for his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization. All proceeds will benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation.
Continuing to celebrate the memory of DJ AM, the evening’s DJ will be Mix Master Mike. There will also be a performance by Osbourne and his touring band with special guest Slash on guitar. Additional performers will be announced shortly.
“Ten years ago MusiCares merged with the Musicians’ Assistance Program, originally founded by Buddy Arnold, to create the MusiCares MAP Fund,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and MusiCares. “Since then our addiction recovery resources and programs have grown substantially, and this annual benefit provides a meaningful way to recognize artists and industry professionals who are on the front lines in the battle to fight this crippling disease. It’s an honor to celebrate Ozzy and Jeff in our 10th anniversary year, and we know it will be an extraordinary evening filled with heartfelt words and serious rock and roll.”
“I know firsthand about the ravages of addiction and I also know that the MusiCares MAP Fund is a vital safety net for people in the music industry who need help with substance abuse,” said Osbourne. “This organization literally saves lives.”
“I’ve been lucky to spend my life in the music business doing things that I love,” said Greenberg. “But I’ve also seen the serious and, all too often, fatal effects of addiction in our industry, so that’s why I am an ardent supporter of the MusiCares MAP Fund.”
This special dinner and concert offers Living Room Sets that seat 10 for $12,500, Individual Floor Seats for $1,250 per person, and VIP Balcony Seats for $100 per person. Contact Wynnie Wynn for ticket information at 310.392.3777 or firstname.lastname@example.org. General Admission Balcony Seats for $50 per person are available only through AXS beginning at 10 a.m. PT on March 7 at www.axs.com. Out of respect for the clients the MusiCares MAP Fund serves, the event will be alcohol-free.
Osbourne is a multi-platinum Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter. His career has spanned more than four decades as both a solo artist and as the lead singer of metal icons Black Sabbath, and his music is as relevant today as ever. Since 2011, Osbourne’s focus has been with Black Sabbath. In June 2013 Black Sabbath returned with their critically acclaimed album 13, which debuted at No. 1 in 13 countries. Produced by eight-time GRAMMY-winning producer Rick Rubin, 13 was the first studio album to feature original Black Sabbath members Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi and Osbourne in 35 years. Earlier this year, the group won a GRAMMY Award for Best Metal Performance for the album’s lead single “God Is Dead?”
Beyond his music career, Osbourne is a best-selling author (I Am Ozzy, 2010; Trust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy: Advice From Rock’s Ultimate Survivor, 2011), advice columnist (The Sunday Times, The London Times and Rolling Stone) and among the first to have a celebrity reality television program (“The Osbournes,” which won a 2002 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction Program (Reality) ). That same year, Osbourne was honored by the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a star on Hollywood Boulevard.
Owner and CEO of the Village studios in West Los Angeles, Greenberg is a native Angeleno with music in his blood. At age 19 Greenberg was already managing his first rock band. He went on to produce some of the very first skateboarding events and 1978’s Cal Jam II (one of the biggest one day festivals in history). He also managed the band the Section and Felix Pappalardi, the producer of Cream and the leader of Mountain. Greenberg then booked and promoted concerts for Nederlander venues such as the Greek Theatre. Later he became a talent agent for ICM where, with the legendary Tom Ross, he represented artists such as Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, Foreigner, Heart, the Kinks, Barry Manilow, Linda Ronstadt, Santana, and James Taylor, among many others.
The Village has produced many of the most important albums of the past half-century, including those by the Band, Eric Clapton, Coldplay, Dr. Dre’s The Chronic, Elton John, Janet Jackson, Heart, Lady Gaga, Ozzy Osbourne, Pink Floyd, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Rolling Stones, Steely Dan, Supertramp, Talking Heads, Usher, and many of T Bone Burnett’s albums and affiliated soundtracks. Soundtracks recorded at the Village include The Bodyguard, Cars, Crazy Heart, The Hunger Games, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Lion King, Moulin Rouge, Saving Mr. Banks, The Shawshank Redemption, There’s Something About Mary, South Park: The Movie, Toy Story, and Walk The Line, among others. The complex, located in a 1922 Masonic Temple, hosts many events for artists and organizations such as The Recording Academy. Greenberg is past president and current director of the Society of Professional Audio Recording Services, a Producers & Engineers Wing Advisory Board member, and Governor and current Secretary of The Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter. Greenberg was also one of the original board members of the Musicians’ Assistance Program.
The MusiCares Foundationoffers programs and services to members of the music community including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities and car payments; medical expenses including doctor, dentist and hospital bills; psychotherapy; and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, hepatitis C, and other critical illnesses. MusiCares offers nationwide educational workshops covering a variety of subjects, including financial, legal, medical, and substance abuse issues, and programs in collaboration with healthcare professionals that provide services such as flu shots, hearing tests, and medical/dental screenings. The MusiCares MAP Fund® allows access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community. Staffed by qualified chemical dependency and intervention specialists, MusiCares Safe Harbor Rooms, supported by the Bohemian Foundation, offer a support network to those in recovery while they are participating in the production of televised music shows and other major music events.
MusiCares holds weekly addiction support groups for people to discuss how to best cope with the issues surrounding the recovery process. The MusiCares Sober Touring Network is a database of individuals across the United States who can take music people to recovery support meetings while on the road.
Established in 1989 by The Recording Academy, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. For more information, please visit www.musicares.org. For breaking news and exclusive content, please like “MusiCares” on Facebook at www.facebook.com/musicares, follow MusiCares on Twitter @MusiCares at www.twitter.com/musicares, and join us on Instagram at www.instagram.com/musicares.
STEVE STEVENS OF BILLY IDOL JOINS 2ND ANNUAL ROCK AGAINST MS BENEFIT CONCERT WEDNESDAY MARCH 26TH @ THE WHISKY A GO-GO
GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE PRESENTS LITA FORD WITH THE
“CERTIFIED LEGEND AWARD”
MONSTER ENERGY DRINK & THE WHISKY A GO-GO PRESENTS:
2ND ANNUAL ROCK AGAINST MS ALL-STAR BENEFIT CONCERT
AT THE WHISKY A GO-GO WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26TH
FEATURING: STEVE STEVENS (BILLY IDOL), LITA FORD, CHERIE CURRIE, KENNY ARONOFF,
GILBY CLARKE, JAMES LOMENZO, GRETCHEN BONADUCE, JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE, PHIL BUCKMAN, AUGUST ZADRA, BOBBY ROCK, MARTY O”BRIEN, MITCH PERRY, ERIK ELDENIUS, JOE RETTA, PETTY CASH (Members of THE OFFSPRING, FILTER, JULIETTE LEWIS & THE LICKS) & MORE!!
MANY MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED IN THE COMING WEEKS!!
2ND ANNUAL ROCK AGAINST MS returns to the Whisky A Go-Go in Hollywood with yet another amazing All-Star line up. The 2nd Annual has the Rock Stars returning in support of long time friend and publicist, Nancy B. Sayle. This rock-fueled concert is to help raise awareness and funding for Sayle and her new foundation benefiting those living with MS.
Guitar Player Magazine is in the house to present Lita Ford their top award – Inspired by Chet Atkins’ phrase “Certified Guitar Player”—and typically bestowed at NAMM during Muriel Anderson’s All-Star Guitar Night—this award debuted in 2003 with Les Paul as the first recipient. Since then, GP has honored Duane Eddy, Nokie Edwards, Dick Dale, Larry Carlton, Tommy Emmanuel, Mike Stern, Lee Ritenour, Robben Ford, Joe Perry, and others. “Lita Ford slugged it out with the boys club in an era where female musicians who liked to rock hard had very few heroes,” says GUITAR PLAYER Editor in Chief Michael Molenda. “But Lita was there, and man, did she cut a heroic figure. She was tough. She was smart. She could write a good song. And she could shred. Stinging bends. Fierce vibrato. A great sense of melody and phrasing. Since the Runaways in the late 1970s, and throughout her solo career, Lita has been a beacon of cool, and an inspiration for girls AND boys who want to express themselves through the guitar. She is the definition of a Certified Legend.”
In its finishing stages, the ROCK AGAINST MS FOUNDATION will provide services from a three (3) grant resource system, which will provide daily care, quality of life needs and emergency funding, while assisting people with multiple sclerosis (MS) to live independent and full lives. Additionally, a brick and mortar facility we will call THE ROCK HOUSE is in the planning stages, and will provide free of charge, multiple programs and opportunities designed to heal the mind, body and spirit of all those whose lives have been affected by MS.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 26th 2014
WHERE: CONCERT / VIP MEET & GREET
The Whisky A Go-Go
8901 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
VIP Meet & Greet: 6:00 PM
Show Starts at 8PM
- GENERAL ADMISSION – $35
- FLOOR – W/ PRE-SHOW MEET & GREET AT 6PM – $100
- BALCONY – VIP MEET & GREET – $150
- VIP – RESERVED BOOTH FOR 4 PPL W/ MEET & GREET – $500
- VIP – RESERVED BOOTH FOR 8 PPL W/ MEET & GREET – $1,000
PURCHASE: BUY TICKETS HERE: http://ticketf.ly/1mf2eJl
SPONSORS: 95.5 KLOS, GUITAR CENTER, MONSTER ENERGY DRINK, SCHECTER GUITARS, D’ADDARIO, EVANS, SIR, PRO MARK, WHISKY A GO-GO, RAINBOW BAR & GRILL
About Multiple Sclerosis
- Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system.
- MS interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving.
- Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The advancement, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS.
- Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease.
- MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.1 million worldwide.
For more information go to www.facebook.com/rockagainstMSfoundation
Band Also Confirms Festival Appearances at Welcome To Rockville,
Rock On The Range, Sunfest and Others
BILLBOARD PREMIERES “THE LION” MUSIC VIDEO FROM JUNO NOMINATED ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR FURIOSITY
Monster Truck is confirmed to appear with Alice in Chains for a run beginning on May 6 in North Charleston, SC at the North Charleston Coliseum. The quartet will make these eleven arena appearances alongside just confirmed festival performances at Welcome To Rockville in Jacksonville, FL (4/26), Sun Fest in West Palm Beach, FL (5/04) and Rock On The Range in Columbus, OH (5/18). The band has been touring extensively across the globe for the last year, and look poised to rise with the increased audience exposure.
This follows an extensive coast-to-coast tour with Alter Bridge through many of the major markets across the U.S. That 11-date tour will begin on April 14 in Dallas, TX and end on May 2 in Kansas City, MO. All confirmed U.S. appearances are cited below.
Artists have long supported the rise of Monster Truck, and this heavy touring activity is a testament to their collective passion for the band. The relationship the band cultivated with singer Myles Kennedy, who enjoys a prolific career as front man in Slash’s ensemble as well as being the vocalist of Alter Bridge, was the primary driver in delivering the April run. Monster Truck toured extensively with Slash in 2013. Alice In Chains Mike Inez offers, “Monster Truck is the real deal. Familiar. Comfortable. Like an old pair of gig boots or sweaty pig sex with an ex girlfriend. I wish them all the success in the World, but it’s not ALL because they are such great human beings and hardworking guys. It is for a totally selfish reason too. I just wanna jam the fuck out with ’em again sometime! Cya out there on the road fellas.”
Monster Truck and Dine Alone Records have selected “The Lion” as the follow-up single to their debut hit “Sweet Mountain River” from the album, FURIOSITY. The music video for that track premieres today on Billboard.com and can be screened here: http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/5923176/monster-truck-the-lion-exclusive-video-premiere
The debut single “Sweet Mountain River” received substantial support in the U.S. from rock stations across the country. In Canada, the song achieved the milestone of becoming #1 at the Active Rock, and Mainstream Rock, for eight consecutive weeks. The follow-up track, “The Lion” stood at the top of the Canadian rock charts for six weeks, with the song impacting U.S. rock radio now.
The band was recently honored with a Juno Award Nomination for Rock Album of the Year for FURIOSITY. The award will be presented to the winner on March 30 in Winnipeg. Monster Truck took home the 2013 Juno Award for Breakthrough Group of The Year, toured their home country of Canada with Alice In Chains, and established themselves as a major headlining attraction. In the U.S., the band has been very active, appearing with Kid Rock, Slash, Guns ‘n Roses, Sevendust, and others, performing for hundreds of thousands of rock fans over the course of this year. Overseas, the band appeared on a 29-date run of Europe supporting Vista Chino (formerly Kyuss). This March, 2014, Monster Truck return to Europe as headliners of the “Lords of the Riff, Volume 1″ tour in association with Classic Rock and Metal Hammer Magazines. A short-form documentary capturing their essence as they travel the globe can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/IYLkY4mxcdk
Hailing from Ontario, Canada, Monster Truck was formed in 2009 by Jon Harvey (bass, lead vocals), Jeremy Widerman (guitar, vocals), Brandon Bliss (organ, vocals) and Steve Kiely (drums, vocals). What began as a side-project to their other more ‘serious’ bands quickly gained momentum and took on a life of its own. The band has released 2 EPs since their inception; a self-titled, and notably self-released EP produced by Gus Van Go & Werner F (The Stills, Priestess, Hollerado) and The Brown EP (also produced by Ratz) on Dine Alone Records.
Alter Bridge dates include:
4/14 Dallas, TX House of Blues
4/15 Houston, TX House of Blues
4/17 Biloxi, MS Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
4/18 Destin, FL Club L.A. *
4/19 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
4/21 Baltimore, MD Rams Head
4/22 Boston, MA Royale
4/24 New York, NY Best Buy Theater
4/28 Chicago, IL House of Blues
4/29 Chicago, IL House of Blues
5/01 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
5/02 Kansas, MO The Arvest Bank Theatre
* Radio Station Festival / WZLB
Alice In Chains Appearances:
5/06 North Charleston, SC North Charleston Coliseum
5/07 Raleigh, NC Progress Energy Performing Arts
5/09 Atlantic City, NJ Ovation Hall
5/10 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Casino Arena
5/12 Syracuse, NY Landmark Theatre
5/13 Reading, PA Sovereign Performing Arts Center
5/14 Roanoke, VA Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre
5/16 Huntington, WV The Big Sandy Superstore Arena
5/17 Cincinnati, OH Horseshoe Casino
5/19 Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
5/20 Battle Creek, MI Kellogg Arena
4/26 Jacksonville, FL Welcome To Rockville
5/04 West Palm Beach, FL Sun Fest
5/18 Columbus, OH Rock On The Range